I’m not great at self care.
I blame it on being raised in a conservative Christian family where hard work and denial of self were the virtues that would catch a godly young woman a desirable husband (oh, have I mentioned the years of religious trauma that I need to unravel from that pesky old drinking problem?).
It feels like an indulgence, but not in a good way, in a guilty way, to spend too much time or money on me.
This obviously needs to change! So, here is a list of things I know to be quick-hits that make me feel good but aren’t going to break the bank:
– fancy coffee. Starbucks now charges me 6.50CAD for my particular brew. WORTH IT. Especially when I can order it ahead with some cake pops for the littles and go hang out at a playground.
– an overly hot bath, one that makes me drip sweat, and living dangerously by propping up my work iPad on the side to read Quit Lit
– kid candy – I’m talking the stuff that would make your 4-year old’s eyes widen in a shop: FunDip, Rockets, Runts. The more childish, the better
– going to bed early
– getting up early and having at least two leisurely cups of coffee before the toddler starts yelling to come out of his crib
– scented candles
– painted toenails. Where I live, it’s only warm enough for exposed toes about 4 months of the year but dammit, I want to treat my feet well!
– pinterest. My go-to searches are modern crochet and anything to do with DIY home decor
– deep breaths. This one sounds ridiculous to me, like I’m trying to impress you with my innate calm and spirituality. As a person who’s used to letting life swing her around by the emotions, deep breaths are such a beautiful thing for me. They help me feel a bit more in control.
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